On Sunday, May 26, during worship service at 11 a.m., the Emerson Baptist Church will be hosting John and Sharla Stroup from Freeway Ministries in Springfield, Mo.

The couple will share a testimony and bring a message during the service.

John Stroup also has a book titled, “From the Pit to the Pulpit” he will be selling. The book describes how he spent many years in prison and for some time lived on the streets. 

According to the book, God changed his heart while Stroup was in prison and now he wants to give back by helping those coming out of prison to find that same hope, serve the community, and leave the life they had before. 

“Many of the people he has reached out of prison have come to Christ and now serve in Freeway Ministries in some capacity helping others do the same,” said Jeff Voepel with the Emerson Baptist Church.

The church is located at 3153 Highway M in Emerson, Mo.